Streaky bacon and pink ling

Have you tried pink ling?

So on Saturday instead of picking up two pieces of salmon I bought one piece of salmon and one piece of pink ling. I’ve been conscious that the salmon is very expensive at about $32 per kilogram while the pink ling is about half that price. I’ve never had pink ling as far as I know so I was interested in trying it out.

I assumed it could be baked just like salmon so I gave it a go. To hedge my bets I also baked some Pialligo Estate artisan bacon, knowing if the fish wasn’t too good the bacon would save the dish.

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What you need to make this dish

  • One piece of pink ling
  • Two rashers of streaky bacon from Pialligo Estate
  • Strips of capsicum
  • One avocado diced with a little olive oil

How to put it all together

  1. Add the capsicum fish and bacon onto a baking tray
  2. Cooking in an oven at 200 °C for 15 minutes
  3. Allow everything to rest for 5 minutes while preparing the avocado
  4. Plate up

Prepare for a photograph

  1. Shoot a photograph
  2. Eat the dish
  3. Think about the future of pink ling in my life
  4. Wash the dishes
  5. Write the recipe
  6. Make nice pictures using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom
  7. Blog and Vlog (verbs)
Baked pink ling with bacon, capsicum and avocado
Baked pink ling with bacon, capsicum and avocado

How did it taste?

Well I don’t think I’ll place pink ling on my favourite list

I think I may need to cook it differently. It basically lacked taste/flavour. I needed to add some extra salt and pepper after my first bite.

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I may need to crumb it or batter it or at least pan fry it.

I was expecting it to be firm and flaky but it was soft and mushy.

The bacon was delicious as was the avocado

Final thoughts

It was an interesting experiment. Well worth doing. I won’t give up yet. I need to have a few more goes. At half the price of salmon I can afford to experiment a little with it.

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4 Responses

  1. I didn’t grow up eating many kinds of fish as a kid and as an adult I’m adding a few new fish to my repertoire. Your pink ling sounds like my response to tilapia … it’s fish but, otherwise, boring and tasteless.

    1. Genypterus blacodes Pink ling have long eel-like bodies with very small scales. They are pinkish to orange, with irregular brown bands. Their bodies are covered in a thick mucous. Whisker-like pelvic fins are positioned below the eye. The dorsal, caudal and anal fins form a continuous fin.
      Pink ling are a demersal species that inhabits the continental shelf and slope. They can be found at depths of 20‑1000 metres. Juveniles tend to occur in shallower waters than adults. Pink ling occur over a variety of substrates, from rock ground to soft sand and mud in which they burrow. Aside with some movement associated with spawning, pink ling are thought to be relatively sedentary.
      From http://www.afma.gov.au/portfolio-item/pink-ling/

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